Prodigal Son (Part I)

Will Tommy Garcia rescue Gladwyne’s foundering Peace Mission? Not if Mother Divine has her way.



“Prodigal Son” and “Keys to the Kingdom,” September and October 2010.
In this powerful two-part series, senior writer J.F. Pirro documents the 74-year saga of Gladwyne’s Peace Mission, one of the Main Line’s most mysterious and controversial institutions. Much of the story is told through the eyes of a man who was thought to be a potential successor to its deceased leader, Father Divine. The revelations about the withering cult and its reclusive matriarch are shocking.


[Part 1 of 2. Click here for the conclusion.]

“She is wonderful. She is wonderful. God bless Mother forever.”
 

With the Peace Mission seemingly on its last legs, its picturesque headquarters in Gladwyne is still a sight to see, even if its aging matriarch, Mother Divine, remains largely out of sight. Just when a savior seemed unlikely, a former Peace Mission prodigy has emerged with a plan to resurrect the controversial movement—if only he could get Mom onboard.

A photo of a young Tommy Garcia used in his Peace

Mission recruitment.

Mrs. M.J. “Mother” Divine stands before her 20 visitors in a matching navy-blue overcoat, knit hat and wool pants. Her earmuffs are white, her orthotic shoes an institutional tan. Not that color matters here at Woodmont, the Gladwyne headquarters of the Rev. M.J. “Father” Divine’s International Peace Mission Movement, an interracial religious and social sect that peaked in the 1930s and still worships its founder as God.

The 74-acre Woodmont estate is the dissipating movement’s self-proclaimed “Mount of the House of the Lord.” Beyond its parking lot, which Mr. Leon supervises, a series of solar panels powers the property’s newest structure, a library dedicated to housing Father’s words and wisdom. “We’re going green around here,” says Mr. Roger, another Peace Mission “brother.”

With a date-stone that reads 2009 A.D.F.D. (Anno Domini Father Divine), the library is one of two Peace Mission shrines. Father is buried in a reported $300,000-$500,000 mausoleum in the shadows of the striking 1892 Gothic manor house built by Alan Wood Jr. Perched high above what were once Wood’s steel mills in Conshohocken, Woodmont was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1998. Near the bronze plaque indicating as much, a matching smaller one simply reads, “Peace.”

“No snow is falling on us,” says Mother privately but within earshot, her eyes but horizontal slits recessed in a puffy face. “It’s a beautiful sky. It’s good to get out of the house.”

Then, as if on cue, Mother greets the participants in Woodmont’s Winter Trek, a long-standing public walking tour of the grounds. Her voice elevates a notch: “Peace, everyone. Welcome. Thank God for this beautiful day. Let’s first go over here and take a good look at Conshohocken.”

With a female follower on each arm—one black, one white—Mother makes her way up the embankment of Montgomery County’s highest peak as another follower fawns over her: “Peace, Mother dear.”

But that’s as far as Mother Divine gets this February morning. For the first time in more than 30 years, she won’t be leading the tour. Yvette Calm will. When approached on her retreat to the manor house, Mother immediately consents to an interview at the mere mention of discussing Father Divine and Woodmont. “I can talk to you right now,” she says, her eyes widening, her mouth forming a smile harmonious with her kingdom name, Sweet Angel.

But almost instantly, the request—like others before and since for this story—is quashed by her entourage. “Later, after the walk,” several say in unison.

Now in her mid-80s, Mother Divine has lived an extraordinarily public life. But as her physical and mental health has deteriorated, she’s been carefully coddled and guarded. Her receding public persona raises questions—suspicions even—about the Peace Mission’s intentional community (sociological lingo for a cult) and about Woodmont, also the spiritual headquarters for Palace Mission, Inc., one of the movement’s incorporated churches. Even so, the estate remains free and open to public tours on Sunday afternoons from April through October.

Father Divine died in 1965. His death is the impetus behind the group’s annual “Holy Days” open house held Sept. 10-12. Yet Peace Mission members continue to live at Woodmont and various Philadelphia outposts with same-sex, “opposite-complected” (Peace Mission speak) roommates. They practice celibacy. Followers say they neither look back nor forward. Ideologically, there’s no past or future. There are no time lines, no seasons. They do not reminisce. Heaven is on Earth—or at least atop the Mount of the House of the Lord.

At the movement’s height, Peace Mission membership was thought to be 2 million, with an estimated 170 “heavens,” or extension settlements. Now, like their aging matriarch, most followers—all of them systematically stripped of family at one point—are in their 80s, 90s or older.

The Peace Mission’s Woodmont headquarters in Gladwyne.

So what happens when Mother Divine lays down her physical body? What lies ahead for the pristine Gladwyne property that Palace Mission communally owns? Who gets whatever millions might remain from the lifetime work and contributions of thousands of converts? When a cult dies, exactly who is left to pick over its carcass? And does its religion survive?

In one way or another, the answers to these questions may well involve 56-year-old Tommy Garcia. Mother Divine has publicly called him “a thorn in her side.” But he’s also a willing savior, despite what 6 ABC conveyed last fall. Though its cameras were turned away at Woodmont’s gates, its story insinuated that Garcia has a lawsuit against the Peace Mission. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Garcia was raised in the movement. And if he’s permitted to return to his childhood home, he has a plan reminiscent of Father Divine’s original outreach efforts—one that could reverse years of social damage and abuse he and other defectors say they’ve experienced.

He’d like to use Woodmont as a hub for launching a foundation for abandoned children—like he once was—and another foundation to bridge the country’s enduring racial divide.

“[Mother Divine’s] cronies and handlers think I’m a threat to the later part of their lives,” says Garcia. “They’re living in a make-believe land of luxury, and they’re scared I’ll take that away. Plus, I know too much, have seen too much—and I talk up a storm.”

 

The office where Garcia first met Father Divine.

In some ways, Tommy Garcia died and went to heaven when he arrived at Woodmont in June 1962. That first day, Father Divine greeted the 8-year-old with a big smile, telling him his real mother and father didn’t want him, but that Father did. Then, he was ushered off with a chauffeur and bodyguard named Happy Love to buy clothes at the King of Prussia Plaza. “Tommy, I’m not God,” Garcia recalls Father Divine telling him. “But these people believe I am—and I don’t want to disappoint them.”

Tommy was enrolled at Gladwyne Elementary School between 1962 and 1965. Judy Bard, his fifth-grade teacher, recalls that he was always dirty and that no one ever came to his parent-teacher conferences. “He was hiding his identity,” Bard says now. “He was driven by limo, but insisted that he was dropped off a few blocks away. In those few blocks, he dirtied his clothes. He didn’t want anyone to know who he was.”

Before long, other kids caught on anyway. They noticed that the rich kid in the limousine had a last name that didn’t jibe with the Gladwyne stereotype. Trouble followed. One day, Tommy bloodied a bully’s nose after the adversary asked if that “ni---r on the top of the hill with the white wife was his daddy.”

The school called Woodmont. Father Divine wouldn’t stand for violence—not in a peace mission. To avoid further harassment, Garcia says, Father directed a high-ranking church officer, Ms. St. Mary Bloom, who sometimes acted as his guardian, to prepare adoption papers (documents that have never surfaced) to officially make Tommy a Divine. But after Father’s death, Mother sent Tommy to the Church Farm School in Exton for seventh and eighth grade from 1966 to ’68. While there, Garcia contacted his biological father, Tomas Guillermo Garcia, in California. He left the mission with Mother’s advice to “learn all you can learn about the outside world, then come home to Woodmont.”

As an adult, Garcia paid his former elementary school teacher a visit—first to her classroom, then to her home. “That night, he told me the story I never knew,” Bard recalls. “But he also wanted to learn about himself. He was trying to piece together his past.”

The way Garcia explains it, Father Divine—then in his mid-80s—had needed a successor to groom. According to him, Father had sent a recruiter to the West Coast to find a “brown, little boy with charisma.” In The New Day, the Peace Mission’s now-defunct weekly newspaper, which last published in 1992, Father spoke of symbolically uniting Canada, the United States and Mexico to form a single borderless continent.

In Garcia’s view, Mother Divine—born Edna Rose Ritchings in Vancouver (which the mission denies, as it does Father’s early life as George Baker Jr., the son of Southern sharecroppers) represented Canada. Father was the United States. Tommy, the offspring of a Greek mother and Mexican father, represented Mexico.

Peace Mission recruiter Louise Schell came upon young Tommy and his birth mother, Georgia Costa Garcia, who was photographing him on Sunset Boulevard just outside Paramahansa Yogananda’s Self-Realization Fellowship Temple in Los Angeles. Photos were sent to Father for approval. Garcia says he later saw them in a safe at Woodmont.

Garcia still recalls Schell’s piercing blue eyes as she convinced Georgia to travel to Philadelphia to escape an abusive, alcoholic husband and father. Within two hours of their arrival at Woodmont, Tommy was separated from his mother and his younger sister, Susy, then 3.

The Peace Mission has a long documented history of separating children from their birth parents, then raising them within the sect under guardianship. Swarthmore’s David Clark, a founding board member of the Recovering Former Cultists’ Support Network, says cults offer “idealistic altruism but, in reality, are very exploitive.”

“Only the leadership benefits,” asserts Clark, an International Cultic Studies Association speaker for two decades now.

Keenly aware of their inherent legal, civil and religious rights, cults orchestrate custodial matters in ways that won’t—and can’t—be legally contested. Sects infiltrate counties or states that are favorable to them, particularly with regard to religious tax exemptions, says Clark.

Other than Father Divine, Tommy was the only one with a private room at Woodmont. It came by request after he claimed he was sexually abused and shot at on the estate the week he arrived. Garcia says he also wore handcrafted suits identical to Father’s. At the Holy Communion Banquet, the mission’s ongoing religious celebration, he sat in a lion’s head chair, the type reserved only for Father and Mother.

But the first time Margaret Faith met Tommy at Woodmont, he was crying in a corner of the kitchen. “No one wants me,” she recalls him saying.

“I made friends with him,” recounts Faith, an octogenarian who lives in an Ardmore apartment and, for decades, was Father’s personal waitress. “We were nice to Tommy. I was very fond of him. But now what I’ve heard [about a lawsuit], I don’t like. He didn’t even get that close to Father—definitely not. There were a lot of different children we were taking care of. In his case, we had no choice. He was brought—dumped, you might say.”

After Tommy left the movement, his sister, Susy, remained with the Peace Mission until 1974. There, she battled drug abuse and endured a longtime consensual teenage sexual relationship with a middle-aged, now-deceased follower. After a subsequent pregnancy and abortion, she was exiled for bad behavior, married at Elvis’ Graceland to a Hollywood dentist, only to be murdered by two strangers in Los Angeles in 1993—a case that was solved in three days. “Her brainwashing had a direct effect on her death,” says Garcia, who considers her mission relationship a molestation. “She was still living in the other world, the only one she ever knew. Susy didn’t have a chance. They stole her soul.”

In 1978, Garcia’s birth mother legally changed her name to Harmony Faith Love. She died in the movement on Jan. 25, 2001, and the non-traumatic seizure said to have killed her still puzzles her son. Police and the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office documented a bottle of Dilantin on her nightstand. It’s a medication known to produce a lateral stare (and compliance), but also commonly prescribed 30 years ago for epilepsy. Garcia maintains that there was never a family history of the disorder. Following an autopsy, she was immediately cremated when Philadelphia funeral director Bernard J. Archer was told Ms. Harmony had no immediate family. Four months later, Garcia received a certified letter from the movement with a copy of his mother’s death certificate. It was wrapped in Peace Mission letterhead.

It’s likely that a few phone calls made by Lori Garcia stirred the anti-Tommy stew at the Peace Mission. Unbeknownst to her husband, Lori called Woodmont in early 1998 and asked for Mother Divine. She wanted to know the whereabouts of Garcia’s birth mother. Apparently, because Lori’s maiden name (Reicheg) sounded similar to a last name of two other sister-followers (Kryshak), she was put through. She introduced herself as Tommy’s wife, but Mother wouldn’t answer questions.

“She kept repeating, ‘The spirit moves in mysterious ways,’” Lori remembers. “She must have said it 20 times. Then I hung up.”

It’s the only contact the two ever had.

In May 1999, Lori reached Garcia’s mother at her job in the Key Flowers dining room at Father’s Divine Tracy Hotel in Philadelphia. “I told her who I was, and all she kept saying was, ‘I don’t identify with those links (nondescript code, Lori believes, because her conversation was monitored).’ I thought, ‘Is she totally brainwashed?’ At the end, I said, ‘You are my mother-in-law. You are Tommy’s mother. We will always have a place for you. You can come live with us and be safe.’ All she said was, ‘I will keep your information for future use.’ Then, less than a year later, she suddenly disappears.”

 

Garcia and his sister Susy in 1960.

Father Divine’s Modesty Code: “No Smoking. No Drinking. No Obscenity. No Vulgarity. No Profanity. No Undue Mixing of Sexes. No Receiving of Gifts, Presents, Tips or Bribes.”

Following Tommy Garcia’s years at Woodmont, it took his sister’s murder, years of soul searching, his marriage to Lori, and hypnosis in 2006 before he could confront his past and focus on the future. As founder of the Association for the Alignment of Past Life, Dr. Morris Netherton has encountered some bizarre cases in his 45-year career, including victims of Germany’s Josef Fritzl, who fathered six children during a 24-year confinement with his sex-slave daughter. Within six weeks, Netherton broke the spell on Garcia.

“Father Divine turned him into the Little Divine One,” Netherton says. “He was told his whole life, ‘This will all be yours. When Father dies, you’re the leader, the messiah, and all the land and money is yours.’ Then, Mother Divine stepped in.”

In those sessions, Garcia recounted his sexual abuse away from Woodmont in Divine-run city hotels, where interracial male roommates engaged in sex acts in his presence, then involved him. He could name names, but he hasn’t publicly. He was never abused by Father Divine, but the Peace Mission’s celibacy code inspired same-sex activity, since there was “no undue mixing of the sexes,” says Garcia.

“Tommy’s case is real,” says Netherton. “[Under hypnosis], his story never changed, and he would not—and could not—find what’s not there. I really hope he finds peace, but there was this contrast between the way things were supposed to be in the kingdom and the way he was literally raped. I asked him over and over, ‘Are you sure you want to put this out there?’ He said, ‘Yes, I want to tell the truth about them.’”

Garcia contends that the bulk of the abuse he suffered was mental. “Master Tommy,” he says, was never brainwashed as a follower, only as a leader—to attain his status as the Son of God, as the Prodigal Son. “I had to march in step to that, or the threat was that I would be sent to an orphanage,” he says. “I was a Garcia, but I had to act like a Divine. Father Divine made me feel more special than my own dad ever did. He showered me with gifts, all totally contradictory to the code. Once, for me, he had a banquet with entirely Mexican food. The person I am today is not because of my (ill and largely estranged) biological father, but because of Father Divine.”

Garcia recounts his last visit to Woodmont in 1989. After a banquet, Mother rose and addressed the crowd, saying she was aware that many followers didn’t believe in her deity or rank as Father’s “Spotless, Virgin Bride.” Followers adored Father’s first wife, who was black. But he told his flock that the white woman he named “Sweet Angel”—who may have been 50 years younger when they married in Washington, D.C., on April 29, 1946 (another Peace Mission celebration day)—was a reincarnation of Peninah, his first spouse, who’s said to have died in 1943.

In response, Garcia rose and defended Mother. “During my speech, followers began shouting, ‘Praise the Lord! The Prodigal Son has returned!’” he says.

As Mother retreated upstairs that night, she called to Garcia, telling him that no one had ever defended her in front of the followers. “She thanked me,” he says. “She also said she was aware that (high-ranking church officer) Dorothy Darling wanted to speak with me—but that, if I loved her the way she knew I did, I would honor her request not to speak with Ms. Dorothy.”

Garcia believes Darling—who, before her death in or around 2002, told others that she was unhappy with how the Tommy issue was handled—may have held his adoption papers after Ms. St. Mary Bloom died in a mission residence fire some 20 years earlier. Or, at least she knew about them. This spring, without success, Garcia searched adoption records in Montgomery County and New York, Father’s headquarters before his move to Philadelphia in 1942. A similar search here came up empty .

“So I was kidnapped, brainwashed, molested, told no one wants me,” he says. “Now, [I’m] told I’m a thorn in Mother’s side when she’s been a dagger in everyone’s back all her life. Inside, I feel like damaged goods, but I can’t act that way.”

 

Followers come out in droves for Father in the 1930s.

On the Main Line, the singular enduring image of Father Divine’s Peace Mission was the caravan of black limousines that always came and went along Spring Mill Road to and from Woodmont. Others still speak of Divine’s fleet of domestic workers for hire. With names like Sincere Enthusiasm, they surrendered the bulk of their earnings for the right to live communally as consecrated co-workers and worship Father Divine as a deity.

Divine’s is a well-documented social model. Beginning in 1919 and strengthening from the Great Depression through the 1940s, the Peace Mission uprooted followers from their families—and from poverty—turning them into a loyal, self-sufficient lot. “What began happening en masse [for blacks] in the 1960s and ’70s, Father Divine began in the 1930s,” says Bob Thomas, an architect who, in the early 1990s, did the master planning at Woodmont that led to the visitors’ center and library.

Critics say Father—all 5-foot-2 of him—was a dynamic salesman who used religion and economic desperation to prey on weak minds. At open banquets, he fed guests, then bowled them over with charismatic sermons and stories of faith healing and acts of retribution. Still, Garcia says, “As happy as all of those people were supposed to be, they weren’t happy every day.”

But snitching often advanced standing, and surviving followers and defectors remain fearful of retribution. Emptied of their finances, many were left too insolvent to leave.

Sonya Hoffmann was a child in the mission from 1960 to 1972. She was raised in multiple Main Line homes with her German grandmother, live-in housekeeper/follower Elise Vollman (known as Lisa Free in the movement). Anytime Hoffmann was sick or injured, she was told it was Father’s retribution for bad behavior—and that she must beg his forgiveness to be cured. After she burnt a hand black, the mission never took her to a doctor, but Bryn Mawr Elementary School finally did when the wound wouldn’t heal.

A month from graduation in 1972, she says Mother yanked her out of Lower Merion High School—then, ultimately, “put her out” (mission speak for expulsion) weeks before her 17th birthday, and after a drug overdose and hospitalization.

“There was so much damage done,” says Hoffmann, now 55. “Adults are supposed to help kids grow, but everything they did to me was harmful.”

Hoffmann’s grandmother was pressured to surrender custody of her, but she never did—which explains why they lived outside movement-owned properties. Her grandmother died in the movement at age 103 in 2003, and she’d been told never to speak with Sonya later in her life. “By then, I was what they call ‘mortal flesh,’” says Hoffmann.

Sometimes called angels, Peace Mission members continue to follow doctrine, speaking from scripts, as if frozen in time. “They made me listen to tape recordings of Father Divine,” Garcia says. “They made me read The New Day daily. But Father Divine never preached to me—not once. He told me he wasn’t God. But most of the rest of them pushed that he was God for 24 hours a day.”

Still, Father’s spirit and charisma moved many—Garcia included. All were left to interpret the influence. Books on Father and the movement tend to end with his death. They don’t address the decline of the sect as it has evaporated—and continues to evaporate—under Mother’s charge. Garcia’s view, and that of others, is from the inside out.

 

The Divine Lorraine, one of two Philadelphia

hotels owned by Father Divine.

Both before and after the death of Father Divine, a battle for succession at the Peace Mission was being waged. The Rev. Jim Jones, the infamous leader behind the 1978 Jonestown Massacre in Guyana, had visited Father as many as six times between 1959 and 1965. That much has been substantiated by the Jonestown Institute at San Diego State University.

Like Garcia, Jones was led to believe he’d succeed Father Divine. In part, some researchers and historians suggest that Tommy Garcia was recruited to stifle Jones’ increasingly aggressive interest.

After Father’s death, Jones would arrive with “train-length” busloads of his own followers, says Hoffmann. In a final takeover attempt in 1971, he left with 30-40 mission members. “For two weeks, it was a battle of the cults, back and forth across the banquet table over which one was better,” she says. (Read the Peace Mission’s response to the Guyana mass suicide six days after the tragedy at libertynet.org/fdipmm/mdbook/jimjontx.html.)

“Father Divine taught [Jones] to be God,” says 80-year-old Ted Patrick, who was a special consultant to Gov. Ronald Reagan before he left to turn cult deprogramming into an art form.

Often jailed and sued, the San Diego resident claims 2,600 deprogrammings, including some in Philadelphia involving Peace Mission followers. “He had a lot of people fooled,” Patrick says of Father Divine. “Everybody knew him in those days as God Almighty, King of Glory.”

Rebecca Moore, the chair of San Diego State’s religious studies department, lost two sisters (Carolyn Layton, Jones’ female companion who ran daily operations, and Annie Moore, his nurse) and a nephew at Jonestown. Twelve years ago, she joined her husband, Fielding McGehee III, in forming the Jonestown Institute, starting the process of uniting some 100 Jonestown survivors, preserving some 35,000 Peoples Temple resources and formally linking Jones to the Divines. “One reason Mother Divine was so hostile to Jim Jones is because she saw him as a real threat,” says McGehee. “Now, Tommy is trying to do the same thing. I’m sure Mother Divine does not distinguish between the two.”

E. Black, a 30-year Peace Mission researcher who conceals her real name, has written extensively that the current incarnation exists only as an immediate support system for Mother Divine and her current staff. “It has absolutely no social reach or impact on the contemporary societies where it states it exists,” she says, pointing out that the movement is engineering a move into extinction.

Garcia admits that his relationship with Mother Divine was always strained. He calls her shrewd and calculating.

“Is she the head of the movement?” he poses. “Yes—because of her position. But can she lead? No. All of the followers have left except for a small group of those who’ve decided that they should continue to live a life of luxury and privilege off the backs of thousands. And that’s where we disagree.”

Now a local short-sale real estate investor, Hoffmann says the mission “worked me to the hilt.” Before child labor laws, she picked in Woodmont’s fields from 5 a.m. on Saturdays until banquet at 2 p.m., then served all night. She says she was never paid a penny for 40-plus work hours a week. After she turned 16 and had working papers, she washed dishes for two months at Haverford College. Those checks went to her grandmother—then, presumably, to the mission.

“If [Mother dies] tomorrow, I won’t shed a tear,” says Hoffmann. “I feel sorry for all those people who worked their behinds off for all those years, for those who bought the properties, for those who gave up all of their money only in the end to not even be properly taken care of.”

 

Father Divine with his first wife, Peninah.

Father Divine has a 1,293-page FBI file. It’s been reported that he moved to Philadelphia to escape a $6,000 legal summons won by a defector in New York. Among his diverse service-industry businesses were grocery stores, gas stations, farms in New York, and real estate holdings everywhere. On the wealthy Main Line, his domestic housekeepers filled an undeniable need.

It’s always been difficult to track Father Divine’s following in Europe and elsewhere. Every business, farm, hotel or church was a self-contained, well-oiled moneymaking machine. But just before his death, the machine began leaking oil. The last of the 25 New York heavens was sold in 1985. The Peace Mission extension in California dried up in the ’90s.

The mission’s Philadelphia decline is perhaps most notable for the recent sale of its two landmark hotels. The 10-floor, 350-room Divine Lorraine on North Broad Street became the first integrated first-class hotel in America in 1948. It first sold for a reported $2 million in 2000, twice since, and was just listed by the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia as an endangered property. The Divine Tracy in West Philadelphia sold for a reported $9 million in 2006, and now houses Penn and Drexel students.

In the end, there simply weren’t enough of their own to operate the hotels according to Father Divine’s code. Garcia and Hoffmann estimate that 90 percent of the followers remaining after Father’s death left under Mother’s early reign.

“The difference was in how people were treated,” says Hoffmann, who was stripped of the be-all, end-all “Rosebud” choir jacket Father had given her at age 6. “It was all Mother. She was it. She was the ruling factor. It was her way, and you had to do what she wanted. If there was resistance, she started her stuff. She was ruthless—quite contrary to her name, Sweet Angel.”

At 92, Bernard Archer is among the oldest licensed funeral directors in the state. He has handled the Peace Mission’s city business since 1969. But not at Woodmont, where “a classy undertaker” goes. He gets the call if there’s a death at South Broad Street’s Circle Mission Church, Home & Training School or the Westminster Evangelical Home, the mission’s designated elder-care facility on North 41st Street.
Up until the past six or eight years, an automatic cremation was ordered. “The body was always burned,” Archer says.

Now, there are traditional viewings and burials that about 20 people attend, but the death rate is down to one or two a year; it was eight or 10 for years, Archer says.

One source says Mother Divine has been centralizing control and funneling money back to Woodmont. Another says she’s “downloading the organization to practically nothing.” Like a pension system, if no one is paying in, funds dry up. Father didn’t believe in health or life insurance—let alone Social Security—so something has to give.

“Either they run out of people, run out of money, or both,” says Dan Fascione, a 30-year neighbor whose property borders Woodmont on three sides.

Fascione has sat with Mother and her advisers at Woodmont. He says it’s clear that a “genius” is running affairs—whoever it is. “It’s like the last of the Shakers (at Sabbathday Lake, Maine), so it’s an eerie feeling,” he says. “And I do worry about it.”

No one knows—or won’t say—what happens when Mother dies. The Peace Mission’s ideology doesn’t support any sort of hierarchy or develop leaders. “There are no layaway plans,” says Meekness Faith, one of two Peace Mission church presidents who spoke on Mother’s behalf after the February trek at Woodmont.

But concern for the fate of the mission may be unwarranted. Former Gladwyne ward commissioner Ken Davis suggests that maybe there’s an outsider—an element of surprise—that no one knows about. Still, he says, “I hope [Mother] and the movement have made provisions. It would be foolish, if not.”

Edit ModuleShow Tags


About This Blog

Conveniently enough, my 10th year with Main Line Today coincides with its 20th anniversary. So I can’t think of a better time to go back through our editorial archives and revisit some of my favorite stories from the past decade.

Here, we’ll be highlighting these and other great MLT moments from the past 10 years.

Archives

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Main Line Today Events

October 2018

Captain Cookie will host this special buffet meal and pirate festivities for his crew: Elmo, Bert, Ernie, Cookie Monster and Rosita. Let’s hope no one has to walk the plank! Yo-ho-ho!...

Cost: 30

Where:
Sesame Place
Langhorne, PA  19047


Telephone: 121-575-23566
Website »

More information

Lung Love Run/Walk Philadelphia 2018 Sunday, October 14, 2018 Philadelphia Zoo from 7:00 am - 9:30 am Registration includes a full day pass to the Zoo  www.lunglovecure.org

Cost: $30.00 adults; $15.00 senors

Where:
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W. Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »


Sponsor: Lung Cancer Alliance
Telephone: 202-463-2080
Contact Name: Elizabeth Spangler
Website »

More information

We are stronger together! This year, for the first time ever, two of the leading lung cancer organizations are joining forces to create one of the largest run/walk events for lung cancer on...

Cost: 35

Where:
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W. Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »


Telephone: 650-598-2857
Website »

More information

The leaves are beginning to change color which means that Pumpkinland is returning to Linvilla Orchards. Visit Linvilla anytime during October to experience all the energy and attractions that the...

Cost: varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Telephone: 610-876-7116

More information

Have you ever pondered the genius behind the invention of the s’more, or wondered how anyone could survive a camping trip without bug spray and quick-dry fabrics?  Happy Campers! has...

Cost: members free, included with admission

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Wilmington Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Natural Wonders: the Sublime in Contemporary Art will showcase the work of thirteen American artists who engage nature in all its fierce magnificence.  Beyond just highlighting nature’s...

Cost: $18/adults; $15/seniors (65+); $6/students with ID and children ages 6-18

Where:
Brandwine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Telephone: 610-388-8336
Contact Name: Nicole Kindbeiter
Website »

More information

“There are only two styles of portrait painting,” Charles Dickens once remarked, “the serious and the smirk.” Drawn entirely from the collection of the Brandywine River...

Cost: $18/adults; $15/seniors (65+); $6/students with ID and children ages 6-18

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Telephone: 610-388-8336
Contact Name: Nicole Kindbeiter
Website »

More information

Boo at the Zoo NOW CELEBRATE THREE WEEKENDS! SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS OCTOBER 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. DAILY FREE to members and guests with Zoo admission....

Cost: $19.95-$24.95

Where:
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »


Telephone: 215-243-1100
Website »

More information

From the 1600s to the present, dinnerware designs have been inspired by nature. Everything from painted butterflies and hand-modeled flowers to molded seashells can be found on a fascinating range...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 180-044-83883
Website »

More information

From food to furniture to fine art, Montgomery County has been the site of production of nearly every type of item you can imagine.  Our county has played host to countless artisans in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historical Society of Montgomery County
1654 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA  19401
View map »


Sponsor: Historical Society of Montgomery County
Telephone: 610-272-0297
Contact Name: Barry Rauhauser
Website »

More information

Opening October 5, 2018 * Society of Winterthur Fellows Gallery History can be defined as a series of events that are remembered and preserved through time. This exhibit explores the use of...

Cost: Free with admission and free for members

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

allTURNatives: Form + Spirit 2018 Aug 3 – Oct 20, 2018 Celebrating the Center’s 23rd year sponsoring the Windgate ITE International Residency and hosted by our partners, the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Center for Art in Wood
141 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 215-923-8000
Contact Name: Katie Sorenson
Website »

More information

Why are your kids fascinated with Minecraft? Connect with them, and be blown away by off-the-charts fun at Minefaire: The Ultimate Minecraft Fan Experience.The #1 Minecraft event in the USA...

Cost: $49

Where:
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Ave.
Oaks, PA  19456
View map »


Website »

More information

The Philadelphia Water Color Society(PWCS) is hosting the 118th Anniversary International Exhibition of Works on Paper. The exhibition includes not only water colors but pastel, acrylic, graphite,...

Cost: free

Where:
Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Ave.
Wayne, PA  19087
View map »


Sponsor: Philadelphia Watercolor Society
Contact Name: Deena Ball
Website »

More information

Boo at the Zoo NOW CELEBRATE THREE WEEKENDS! SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS OCTOBER 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. DAILY   Philadelphia Zoo's annual Boo at the Zoo...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »

More information

From Brooklyn’s Coney Island to the counterculture of 1960s South Street in Philadelphia, Eddie Funk fought to make a name for himself, protect the freedoms of tattoo artists, and share his...

Cost: Included with Admission

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

Visit the Academy every weekend in October and trick-or-treat through the galleries. At the exhibits Outside In, Butterflies!, Xtreme Bugs and The Big Dig, visitors will receive a treat to...

Cost: General Admission

Where:
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Ben Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA  19103
View map »

More information

Making a Difference: Social and Political Activism in Clay brings together a wide range of artists working in clay who directly address current events through their projects. At this moment of...

Cost: 0

Where:
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: The Clay Studio
Telephone: 215-925-3453
Contact Name: Jennifer Zwilling
Website »

More information

The Lab hosts hands-on, interactive experiences centered around water, with a focus on the Delaware River’s biology, ecology and chemistry, plus language arts, history and basic engineering....

Cost: Included with Admission

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

  Making a Difference: Social and Political Activism in Clay will bring together a wide range of artists working in clay who directly address current events through their projects. At...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

UNION FIRE ASSOCIATION OF BALA CYNWYD  IS CELEBRATING ITS 115th BIRTHDAY & YOU'RE INVITED!!!!!!  Come and join your local volunteer firefighters in...

Cost: FREE

Where:
UNION FIRE ASSOCIATION
149 Montgomery Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA  19004
View map »


Sponsor: Union Fire Association
Telephone: 610-667-9112
Contact Name: Cara Hornung
Website »

More information

Gywnedd Mercy Academy High School provides students a transformative educational experience both in and beyond the classroom. - Over 47 Honors and AP Courses - Renowned Music and Fine Arts...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School
1345 Sumneytown Pike
Gwynedd Valley, PA  19437-0902
View map »


Telephone: (215) 646-8815
Website »

More information

On Sunday, October 14, 2018, the Rotary Club of West Chester will host the 16th annual West Chester Chili Cook-Off in downtown West Chester, with proceeds supporting a variety of service projects...

Cost: Wristbands for all the chili you can eat are $12.00

Where:
Downtown West Chester
10 East Gay Street
West Chester, PA  19380
View map »


Sponsor: Rotary Club of West Chester
Telephone: 484-364-4643
Contact Name: Steve Brown
Website »

More information

  POST is a behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life of a visual artist as well as a community building initiative designed...

Cost: free

Where:
South Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA


Telephone: 215-546-7775
Contact Name: Julia Fox
Website »

More information

Help Us Uncork the Cure to Cancer                     ...

Cost: $45.00

Where:
Dilworthtown Inn
1390 Old Wilmingtown Pike
West Chester, PA  19382
View map »

More information

Join the Center City Residents' Association for its once-a-year self-guided house tour featuring a great mix of luxury townhomes, historic mansions, high-rise condo units and gardens in and...

Cost: $35.00

Where:
Rittenhouse and Fitler Squares
Center City West
Philadelphia, PA  19103
View map »


Sponsor: Center City Residents' Association
Website »

More information

Uncork The Fun! Join us Saturday October 13th 1pm-6pm or Sunday October 14th from 1pm-6pm for Skippack’s 9th Annual Winetober Fest. Wine, food, and music! The Food...

Cost: $20-30

Where:
4038 Skippack Pike
Skippack, PA  19474


Sponsor: Village Wine Cellar
Telephone: 484-991-8870
Contact Name: Tara Shiffert
Website »

More information

We welcome you and hope you visit us at the Brinton 1704 House. Built in 1704, the House is a restored Quaker home located in Delaware County near West Chester, Pennsylvania. The town of West...

Cost: $5.00 per adult and $3.00 per child ages 4 to 12.

Where:
Brinton 1704 House
21 Oakland Road
West Chester, PA  19382
View map »


Sponsor: Brinton Association of America
Telephone: 610-399-0913
Contact Name: Paul Kahan
Website »

More information

Adopted sons, signers of the Declaration, painters, sculptors, men of science, ladies of belle letters, famous physicians, pariahs of free press, purveyors of fine wine and, of course, political...

Cost: $15

Where:
Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19132
View map »


Telephone: 121-522-88200
Website »

More information

Join us at the William Brinton 1704 House on Sundays at 2:00 for Colonial Storytime! Its fund for the whole family as our docents read a colonial-themed story. Storytime starts at 2 and runs for...

Cost: $5.00 per adult and $3.00 per child ages 4 to 12

Where:
William Brinton 1704 House
21 Oakland Road
West Chester, PA  19382
View map »


Sponsor: Brinton Association of America
Telephone: 610-399-0913
Contact Name: Paul Kahan
Website »

More information

When: Sunday, October 14, 2018 | 2:00 – 6:00PM  Where: Holy Savior Club | 436 E. Main Street | Norristown, PA 19401 Donation:  $30.00 in advance,...

Cost: $30.00 in advance, $35 at the door

Where:
Holy Savior Club
436 E. Main Street
Norristown, PA
View map »


Website »

More information

Philadelphia Distilling, known for the award-winning Bluecoat American Dry Gin and distillery structured like a workshop, will host its first UNITED WE CREATE event on Sunday, October 14 at their...

Cost: free

Where:
Philadelphia Distilling
25 E. ALLEN STREET
Philadelphia, PA  19123
View map »

More information

Join us for a fun-filled fall afternoon at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens. You provide your own picnic, we’ll provide a wide variety of programming including nature crafts, tree ID...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens
631 Berwyn Baptist Road
Devon, PA  19333
View map »


Sponsor: Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens
Telephone: 610-647-8870
Website »

More information

In celebration of the church's recent acquisition of a Mason & Hamlin BB seven-foot grand piano, Trinity Presbyterian Church of Berwyn presents a FREE dedicatory concert with concert...

Cost: Free

Where:
Trinity Presbyterian Church
640 Berwyn Ave
Berwyn, PA  19312
View map »


Sponsor: Trinity Presbyterian Church
Telephone: 610-644-0932
Contact Name: John Ward
Website »

More information

Travel through the woods on a hayride to visit the house of Linvilla Orchards’ Friendly Witch! Children who visit the witch can listen to her stories, jokes, and enjoy a treat! There will be...

Cost: $9/per person

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Telephone: 610-876-7116
Website »

More information

Center City’s ONLY miniature golf course, Philly Mini Golf is transformed into spooky fun for the Fall season with fog, lights, music, and surprises. Putt your way through 18 holes designed...

Cost: 0-9$

Where:
Franklin Square
6th & Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 610-527-7673
Contact Name: Cari Bender

More information

Poisons and Antidotes September 4th- October 28th Some energies shroud in the shadows while some shine strong and brightly, such are the forces that push and pull amongst us. From toxic foes...

Cost: Free

Where:
Black Moth Tattoo and Gallery
18 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA  19003
View map »


Sponsor: Black Moth Gallery
Telephone: 610-642-1500
Contact Name: Steve Martin
Website »

More information

FirstGlance Film Festival, Philadelphia’s Independent Film Festival since 1996, returns to the Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 for a weekend of premieres and...

Cost: $10-$90

Where:
Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: FirstGlance Films
Telephone: 610-604-9604
Contact Name: Andrea DiFabio
Website »

More information

Get in the Halloween spirit with bone-chilling tales from beyond the grave on a candlelight Ghost Tour of Old City and Society Hill, where ghostly spirits, haunted houses, and eerie graveyards lurk...

Cost: $20 ($12 ages 4-12)

Where:
Signers' Garden
5th and Chestnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 215-413-1997
Website »

More information

Experience the Glory of Fall The crisp fall air heralds the emergence of golden hues, native asters, and graceful meadow grasses in our Gardens. Take a nature walk through our Meadow...

Cost: $0-23

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The 11th Annual Carol H. Axelrod Memorial Blood Drive at Lankenau Medical Center will be held on October 15 and 16, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days, at Lankenau’s Annenberg Conference...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lankenau Medical Center
100 E. Lancaster Avenue
Annenberg Conference Center Rooms 101A-C
Wynnewood, PA  19096
View map »


Sponsor: The Carol H. Axelrod Memorial Blood Drive
Contact Name: Michelle Scolnick
Website »

More information

The leaves are beginning to change color which means that Pumpkinland is returning to Linvilla Orchards. Visit Linvilla anytime during October to experience all the energy and attractions that the...

Cost: varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Telephone: 610-876-7116

More information

“There are only two styles of portrait painting,” Charles Dickens once remarked, “the serious and the smirk.” Drawn entirely from the collection of the Brandywine River...

Cost: $18/adults; $15/seniors (65+); $6/students with ID and children ages 6-18

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Telephone: 610-388-8336
Contact Name: Nicole Kindbeiter
Website »

More information

The National Constitution Center is proud to display a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence, a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution, and...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600

More information

American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding explores the drafting of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, highlighting the key proposals and significant compromises that influenced the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

More information

Natural Wonders: the Sublime in Contemporary Art will showcase the work of thirteen American artists who engage nature in all its fierce magnificence.  Beyond just highlighting nature’s...

Cost: $18/adults; $15/seniors (65+); $6/students with ID and children ages 6-18

Where:
Brandwine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Telephone: 610-388-8336
Contact Name: Nicole Kindbeiter
Website »

More information

allTURNatives: Form + Spirit 2018 Aug 3 – Oct 20, 2018 Celebrating the Center’s 23rd year sponsoring the Windgate ITE International Residency and hosted by our partners, the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Center for Art in Wood
141 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 215-923-8000
Contact Name: Katie Sorenson
Website »

More information

From Brooklyn’s Coney Island to the counterculture of 1960s South Street in Philadelphia, Eddie Funk fought to make a name for himself, protect the freedoms of tattoo artists, and share his...

Cost: Included with Admission

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

From food to furniture to fine art, Montgomery County has been the site of production of nearly every type of item you can imagine.  Our county has played host to countless artisans in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historical Society of Montgomery County
1654 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA  19401
View map »


Sponsor: Historical Society of Montgomery County
Telephone: 610-272-0297
Contact Name: Barry Rauhauser
Website »

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 180-044-83883
Website »

More information

After an exciting Keegan Bradley’s win, now it’s your turn to swing, and for your Community! FLITE is partnering with Conestoga Alumni Supporting Excellence (C.A.S.E.) to host the...

Cost: Various

Where:
St. Davids Golf Club
845 Radnor Street Rd
Wayne, PA  19087
View map »


Sponsor: FLITE
Contact Name: Greg Jeffrey
Website »

More information

Working Conditions Featuring: cinematic savage | CYJO | Rebecca Goldschmidt | Shizu Homma | Cynthia X. Hua | Sarah Khan | Tiffany Lin | Lewanda Lim | Lisa Pradhan | Shellie Zhang September 4...

Cost: 0

Where:
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
View map »


Sponsor: Asian Arts Initiative
Telephone: 215-557-0455
Contact Name: Melissa
Website »

More information

From the 1600s to the present, dinnerware designs have been inspired by nature. Everything from painted butterflies and hand-modeled flowers to molded seashells can be found on a fascinating range...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

The Philadelphia Water Color Society(PWCS) is hosting the 118th Anniversary International Exhibition of Works on Paper. The exhibition includes not only water colors but pastel, acrylic, graphite,...

Cost: free

Where:
Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Ave.
Wayne, PA  19087
View map »


Sponsor: Philadelphia Watercolor Society
Contact Name: Deena Ball
Website »

More information

Join a community fueled by collaboration as we celebrate the opening of 3675 Market Street, Philadelphia's newest hub of innovation and discovery. Powered by: CIC, the Science Center, Wexford...

Cost: Free

Where:
3675 Market Street
3675 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »


Website »

More information

  Making a Difference: Social and Political Activism in Clay will bring together a wide range of artists working in clay who directly address current events through their projects. At...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

Making a Difference: Social and Political Activism in Clay brings together a wide range of artists working in clay who directly address current events through their projects. At this moment of...

Cost: 0

Where:
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: The Clay Studio
Telephone: 215-925-3453
Contact Name: Jennifer Zwilling
Website »

More information

Whether you’re an NFL fanatic or just really like fried chicken, Square 1682, Rittenhouse’s Carribean-inspired restaurant + bar on the corner of bustling 17th and Sansom Sts. is...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
Square 1682
121 S 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
View map »

More information

Travel through the woods on a hayride to visit the house of Linvilla Orchards’ Friendly Witch! Children who visit the witch can listen to her stories, jokes, and enjoy a treat! There will be...

Cost: $9/per person

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Telephone: 610-876-7116
Website »

More information

Poisons and Antidotes September 4th- October 28th Some energies shroud in the shadows while some shine strong and brightly, such are the forces that push and pull amongst us. From toxic foes...

Cost: Free

Where:
Black Moth Tattoo and Gallery
18 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA  19003
View map »


Sponsor: Black Moth Gallery
Telephone: 610-642-1500
Contact Name: Steve Martin
Website »

More information

Two Destination Dogs bartenders have advanced to the final round of Tequila Herraduras Bartender Legends Challenge. The final competition will take place at Cafe Lift in Philadelphia on Oct. 8 at...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Cafe Lift
428 N 13th St
Philadelphia, PA  19123
View map »


Telephone: 484-951-5906

More information

Get in the Halloween spirit with bone-chilling tales from beyond the grave on a candlelight Ghost Tour of Old City and Society Hill, where ghostly spirits, haunted houses, and eerie graveyards lurk...

Cost: $20 ($12 ages 4-12)

Where:
Signers' Garden
5th and Chestnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 215-413-1997
Website »

More information

Heat up the Kimmel Center each month at La NOCHE!  Experience the hottest live bands as you turn up the steam on the dance floor, led by host/dance leader Kevin Ngo. Enjoy the sexy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »

More information

Experience the Glory of Fall The crisp fall air heralds the emergence of golden hues, native asters, and graceful meadow grasses in our Gardens. Take a nature walk through our Meadow...

Cost: $0-23

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The 11th Annual Carol H. Axelrod Memorial Blood Drive at Lankenau Medical Center will be held on October 15 and 16, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days, at Lankenau’s Annenberg Conference...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lankenau Medical Center
100 E. Lancaster Avenue
Annenberg Conference Center Rooms 101A-C
Wynnewood, PA  19096
View map »


Sponsor: The Carol H. Axelrod Memorial Blood Drive
Contact Name: Michelle Scolnick
Website »

More information

The leaves are beginning to change color which means that Pumpkinland is returning to Linvilla Orchards. Visit Linvilla anytime during October to experience all the energy and attractions that the...

Cost: varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Telephone: 610-876-7116

More information

The National Constitution Center is proud to display a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence, a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution, and...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600

More information

“There are only two styles of portrait painting,” Charles Dickens once remarked, “the serious and the smirk.” Drawn entirely from the collection of the Brandywine River...

Cost: $18/adults; $15/seniors (65+); $6/students with ID and children ages 6-18

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Telephone: 610-388-8336
Contact Name: Nicole Kindbeiter
Website »

More information

Natural Wonders: the Sublime in Contemporary Art will showcase the work of thirteen American artists who engage nature in all its fierce magnificence.  Beyond just highlighting nature’s...

Cost: $18/adults; $15/seniors (65+); $6/students with ID and children ages 6-18

Where:
Brandwine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Telephone: 610-388-8336
Contact Name: Nicole Kindbeiter
Website »

More information

American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding explores the drafting of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, highlighting the key proposals and significant compromises that influenced the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

More information

From food to furniture to fine art, Montgomery County has been the site of production of nearly every type of item you can imagine.  Our county has played host to countless artisans in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historical Society of Montgomery County
1654 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA  19401
View map »


Sponsor: Historical Society of Montgomery County
Telephone: 610-272-0297
Contact Name: Barry Rauhauser
Website »

More information

From Brooklyn’s Coney Island to the counterculture of 1960s South Street in Philadelphia, Eddie Funk fought to make a name for himself, protect the freedoms of tattoo artists, and share his...

Cost: Included with Admission

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

allTURNatives: Form + Spirit 2018 Aug 3 – Oct 20, 2018 Celebrating the Center’s 23rd year sponsoring the Windgate ITE International Residency and hosted by our partners, the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Center for Art in Wood
141 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 215-923-8000
Contact Name: Katie Sorenson
Website »

More information

The Philadelphia Water Color Society(PWCS) is hosting the 118th Anniversary International Exhibition of Works on Paper. The exhibition includes not only water colors but pastel, acrylic, graphite,...

Cost: free

Where:
Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Ave.
Wayne, PA  19087
View map »


Sponsor: Philadelphia Watercolor Society
Contact Name: Deena Ball
Website »

More information

Opening October 5, 2018 * Society of Winterthur Fellows Gallery History can be defined as a series of events that are remembered and preserved through time. This exhibit explores the use of...

Cost: Free with admission and free for members

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Music Time with Music Monkey Jungle, sponsored by Reading Terminal Market, will take place on Tuesdays from 10-10:30 AM, starting on 3/20/18 in Piano Court (the seating area located directly behind...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Reading Terminal Market
51 N 12 St.
Philadelphia, PA  19107
View map »

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 180-044-83883
Website »

More information

From the 1600s to the present, dinnerware designs have been inspired by nature. Everything from painted butterflies and hand-modeled flowers to molded seashells can be found on a fascinating range...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Working Conditions Featuring: cinematic savage | CYJO | Rebecca Goldschmidt | Shizu Homma | Cynthia X. Hua | Sarah Khan | Tiffany Lin | Lewanda Lim | Lisa Pradhan | Shellie Zhang September 4...

Cost: 0

Where:
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
View map »


Sponsor: Asian Arts Initiative
Telephone: 215-557-0455
Contact Name: Melissa
Website »

More information

Wee Ones is now offered every week! This early childhood series intended for children ages 3-5 incorporates active learning through music, movement, and the exploration of objects in a warm and...

Cost: $5-15

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Making a Difference: Social and Political Activism in Clay brings together a wide range of artists working in clay who directly address current events through their projects. At this moment of...

Cost: 0

Where:
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: The Clay Studio
Telephone: 215-925-3453
Contact Name: Jennifer Zwilling
Website »

More information

  Making a Difference: Social and Political Activism in Clay will bring together a wide range of artists working in clay who directly address current events through their projects. At...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

The Franklin Institute is pleased to present Community Nights! Everyone is welcome to join in the fun at these FREE educational and fun-filled science extravaganzas that include The Franklin...

Cost: FREE. There is no need to pre-register

Where:
The Franklin Institute
222 N 20th St
Philadelphia, PA  19103
View map »

More information

Join Ardent Credit Union on Tuesday, October 16th, for the “Downsizing and Rightsizing” workshop. This event will touch on how to evaluate housing choices, and will explore the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ardent Credit Union Oaks Branch
110 Black Rock Rd
Oaks, PA  19460
View map »


Sponsor: Ardent Credit Union

More information

Travel through the woods on a hayride to visit the house of Linvilla Orchards’ Friendly Witch! Children who visit the witch can listen to her stories, jokes, and enjoy a treat! There will be...

Cost: $9/per person

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Telephone: 610-876-7116
Website »

More information

Poisons and Antidotes September 4th- October 28th Some energies shroud in the shadows while some shine strong and brightly, such are the forces that push and pull amongst us. From toxic foes...

Cost: Free

Where:
Black Moth Tattoo and Gallery
18 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA  19003
View map »


Sponsor: Black Moth Gallery
Telephone: 610-642-1500
Contact Name: Steve Martin
Website »

More information

Winterthur Director of Interpretation and Estate Historian Jeff Groff examines the notable mansions of the Main Line—those that are lost and many that survive in private or institutional...

Cost: $10 per member, $15 per nonmember

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 180-044-83883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Lisa Hamp was a junior at Virginia Tech, and was present during the April, 2007 shooting. She shares her first-hand testimony of the shooting and her recovery journey afterwards. She describes how...

Cost: $18-$23

Where:
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center
226 N High Street
West Chester, PA  19380
View map »


Telephone: 610-356-2787

More information

The Mystery of Skara Brae at MUFON Author and cosmology scholar Laird Scranton shares amazing similarities in ancient cultures spread over the globe—Egypt, China and Scotland in his...

Cost: freer

Where:
Tredyffrin Public Library
582 Upper Gulph Road
Strafford, PA  19087
View map »


Sponsor: Main Line Mutual UFO Network
Telephone: 610-688-4974
Contact Name: B. Dudley
Website »

More information

Get in the Halloween spirit with bone-chilling tales from beyond the grave on a candlelight Ghost Tour of Old City and Society Hill, where ghostly spirits, haunted houses, and eerie graveyards lurk...

Cost: $20 ($12 ages 4-12)

Where:
Signers' Garden
5th and Chestnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 215-413-1997
Website »

More information

Experience the Glory of Fall The crisp fall air heralds the emergence of golden hues, native asters, and graceful meadow grasses in our Gardens. Take a nature walk through our Meadow...

Cost: $0-23

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The leaves are beginning to change color which means that Pumpkinland is returning to Linvilla Orchards. Visit Linvilla anytime during October to experience all the energy and attractions that the...

Cost: varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Telephone: 610-876-7116

More information

The Haverford School invites prospective families to an open house on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 8:30 a.m. to learn about how Haverford’s 135 years of experience in educating boys can...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Haverford School
450 Lancaster Ave.
Haverford, PA  19041
View map »


Sponsor: The Haverford School
Telephone: 484-417-2780
Contact Name: Darlene Logan
Website »

More information

Natural Wonders: the Sublime in Contemporary Art will showcase the work of thirteen American artists who engage nature in all its fierce magnificence.  Beyond just highlighting nature’s...

Cost: $18/adults; $15/seniors (65+); $6/students with ID and children ages 6-18

Where:
Brandwine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Telephone: 610-388-8336
Contact Name: Nicole Kindbeiter
Website »

More information

American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding explores the drafting of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, highlighting the key proposals and significant compromises that influenced the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

More information

“There are only two styles of portrait painting,” Charles Dickens once remarked, “the serious and the smirk.” Drawn entirely from the collection of the Brandywine River...

Cost: $18/adults; $15/seniors (65+); $6/students with ID and children ages 6-18

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Telephone: 610-388-8336
Contact Name: Nicole Kindbeiter
Website »

More information

Explore Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation, the National Constitution Center’s compelling new exhibit which highlights the competing ideas of Alexander Hamilton and his...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

More information

The National Constitution Center is proud to display a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence, a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution, and...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600

More information

Working Conditions Featuring: cinematic savage | CYJO | Rebecca Goldschmidt | Shizu Homma | Cynthia X. Hua | Sarah Khan | Tiffany Lin | Lewanda Lim | Lisa Pradhan | Shellie Zhang September 4...

Cost: 0

Where:
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
View map »


Sponsor: Asian Arts Initiative
Telephone: 215-557-0455
Contact Name: Melissa
Website »

More information

Opening October 5, 2018 * Society of Winterthur Fellows Gallery History can be defined as a series of events that are remembered and preserved through time. This exhibit explores the use of...

Cost: Free with admission and free for members

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

From Brooklyn’s Coney Island to the counterculture of 1960s South Street in Philadelphia, Eddie Funk fought to make a name for himself, protect the freedoms of tattoo artists, and share his...

Cost: Included with Admission

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

The Philadelphia Water Color Society(PWCS) is hosting the 118th Anniversary International Exhibition of Works on Paper. The exhibition includes not only water colors but pastel, acrylic, graphite,...

Cost: free

Where:
Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Ave.
Wayne, PA  19087
View map »


Sponsor: Philadelphia Watercolor Society
Contact Name: Deena Ball
Website »

More information

allTURNatives: Form + Spirit 2018 Aug 3 – Oct 20, 2018 Celebrating the Center’s 23rd year sponsoring the Windgate ITE International Residency and hosted by our partners, the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Center for Art in Wood
141 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 215-923-8000
Contact Name: Katie Sorenson
Website »

More information

From food to furniture to fine art, Montgomery County has been the site of production of nearly every type of item you can imagine.  Our county has played host to countless artisans in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historical Society of Montgomery County
1654 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA  19401
View map »


Sponsor: Historical Society of Montgomery County
Telephone: 610-272-0297
Contact Name: Barry Rauhauser
Website »

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 180-044-83883
Website »

More information

From the 1600s to the present, dinnerware designs have been inspired by nature. Everything from painted butterflies and hand-modeled flowers to molded seashells can be found on a fascinating range...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

  Making a Difference: Social and Political Activism in Clay will bring together a wide range of artists working in clay who directly address current events through their projects. At...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

Making a Difference: Social and Political Activism in Clay brings together a wide range of artists working in clay who directly address current events through their projects. At this moment of...

Cost: 0

Where:
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: The Clay Studio
Telephone: 215-925-3453
Contact Name: Jennifer Zwilling
Website »

More information

HIAS Pennsylvania's Annual Meeting will honor the volunteers who have made a difference in the lives of refugees and immigrants, as well as successful immigrants and refugees. This year’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jewish Federation Building
2100 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19103
View map »

More information

Travel through the woods on a hayride to visit the house of Linvilla Orchards’ Friendly Witch! Children who visit the witch can listen to her stories, jokes, and enjoy a treat! There will be...

Cost: $9/per person

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Telephone: 610-876-7116
Website »

More information

Poisons and Antidotes September 4th- October 28th Some energies shroud in the shadows while some shine strong and brightly, such are the forces that push and pull amongst us. From toxic foes...

Cost: Free

Where:
Black Moth Tattoo and Gallery
18 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA  19003
View map »


Sponsor: Black Moth Gallery
Telephone: 610-642-1500
Contact Name: Steve Martin
Website »

More information

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Tony-Award winning musical follows the journey of Eva Peron from an ambitious 16-year-old girl who longed for an acting career, fame, and fortune, to the...

Cost: $25 - $52

Where:
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center
226 North High St.
West Chester, PA  19380
View map »


Website »

More information

Kimmel Center Presents in Association with Live Nation Moms, best friends, and funny ladies Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley are the creators of the viral web-series #IMOMSOHARD, where they...

Cost: $52.50 - $162.50

Where:
Merriam Theater
250 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »

More information

Get in the Halloween spirit with bone-chilling tales from beyond the grave on a candlelight Ghost Tour of Old City and Society Hill, where ghostly spirits, haunted houses, and eerie graveyards lurk...

Cost: $20 ($12 ages 4-12)

Where:
Signers' Garden
5th and Chestnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 215-413-1997
Website »

More information

Sittin’ In introduces audiences to new cutting-edge artists. It defies genre, often drawing from everything from straight-ahead jazz to freestyle hip hop and all points in between....

Cost: Free

Where:
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »

More information

USLI will be hosting our fourth annual Baskets for Breast Cancer online auction from October 17-24! Our auction is an opportunity for everyone to unite and support a great cause, and all...

Cost: Pay as you go

Where:
Online
https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?auctionId=335703751
, PA
View map »


Sponsor: Breastcancer.org
Website »

More information

Experience the Glory of Fall The crisp fall air heralds the emergence of golden hues, native asters, and graceful meadow grasses in our Gardens. Take a nature walk through our Meadow...

Cost: $0-23

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The leaves are beginning to change color which means that Pumpkinland is returning to Linvilla Orchards. Visit Linvilla anytime during October to experience all the energy and attractions that the...

Cost: varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Telephone: 610-876-7116

More information

“There are only two styles of portrait painting,” Charles Dickens once remarked, “the serious and the smirk.” Drawn entirely from the collection of the Brandywine River...

Cost: $18/adults; $15/seniors (65+); $6/students with ID and children ages 6-18

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Telephone: 610-388-8336
Contact Name: Nicole Kindbeiter
Website »

More information

American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding explores the drafting of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, highlighting the key proposals and significant compromises that influenced the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

More information

The National Constitution Center is proud to display a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence, a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution, and...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600

More information

Natural Wonders: the Sublime in Contemporary Art will showcase the work of thirteen American artists who engage nature in all its fierce magnificence.  Beyond just highlighting nature’s...

Cost: $18/adults; $15/seniors (65+); $6/students with ID and children ages 6-18

Where:
Brandwine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Telephone: 610-388-8336
Contact Name: Nicole Kindbeiter
Website »

More information

Explore Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation, the National Constitution Center’s compelling new exhibit which highlights the competing ideas of Alexander Hamilton and his...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

More information

This remarkable Main Line event is a 58 year-old tradition that brings together over 40 premier retailers from throughout the United States, attracting customers from Shipley's community and...

Cost: $10 Admission Fee

Where:
Yarnall Gym at Shipley School
839 Montgomery Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA  19010
View map »

More information

Opening October 5, 2018 * Society of Winterthur Fellows Gallery History can be defined as a series of events that are remembered and preserved through time. This exhibit explores the use of...

Cost: Free with admission and free for members

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Working Conditions Featuring: cinematic savage | CYJO | Rebecca Goldschmidt | Shizu Homma | Cynthia X. Hua | Sarah Khan | Tiffany Lin | Lewanda Lim | Lisa Pradhan | Shellie Zhang September 4...

Cost: 0

Where:
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
View map »


Sponsor: Asian Arts Initiative
Telephone: 215-557-0455
Contact Name: Melissa
Website »

More information

allTURNatives: Form + Spirit 2018 Aug 3 – Oct 20, 2018 Celebrating the Center’s 23rd year sponsoring the Windgate ITE International Residency and hosted by our partners, the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Center for Art in Wood
141 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 215-923-8000
Contact Name: Katie Sorenson
Website »

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 180-044-83883
Website »

More information

From the 1600s to the present, dinnerware designs have been inspired by nature. Everything from painted butterflies and hand-modeled flowers to molded seashells can be found on a fascinating range...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

From food to furniture to fine art, Montgomery County has been the site of production of nearly every type of item you can imagine.  Our county has played host to countless artisans in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historical Society of Montgomery County
1654 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA  19401
View map »


Sponsor: Historical Society of Montgomery County
Telephone: 610-272-0297
Contact Name: Barry Rauhauser
Website »

More information

The Philadelphia Water Color Society(PWCS) is hosting the 118th Anniversary International Exhibition of Works on Paper. The exhibition includes not only water colors but pastel, acrylic, graphite,...

Cost: free

Where:
Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Ave.
Wayne, PA  19087
View map »


Sponsor: Philadelphia Watercolor Society
Contact Name: Deena Ball
Website »

More information

Come and visit our Children’s Garden and enjoy a nature-themed read aloud. After the story, children and their parents or grandparents are welcome to borrow a Jenkins Explorer Vest and binder...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens
631 Berwyn Baptist Road
Devon, PA  19333
View map »


Sponsor: Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens
Telephone: 610-647-8870
Website »

More information

Our monthly Springhouse Storytime series is perfect for any preschooler who loves stories, songs, games, and crafts. Our interactive stories get kids moving and creating in our beautiful...

Cost: $5 members/$7 non-members

Where:
Newlin Grist Mill
219 South Cheyney Road
Glen Mills, PA  19342
View map »


Sponsor: Newlin Grist Mill
Telephone: 610-459-2359
Website »

More information

From Brooklyn’s Coney Island to the counterculture of 1960s South Street in Philadelphia, Eddie Funk fought to make a name for himself, protect the freedoms of tattoo artists, and share his...

Cost: Included with Admission

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

Young children and their grown-ups hear a story, interact with art in the Museum and make their own creative works in this popular program.    Registration is requested by contacting...

Cost: Free for members; $5 per child, with one adult admitted free per child

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Telephone: 610-388-8336
Contact Name: Nicole Kindbeiter
Website »

More information

  Making a Difference: Social and Political Activism in Clay will bring together a wide range of artists working in clay who directly address current events through their projects. At...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

Join the Wayne Art Center for a private, guided tour of the Wharton Esherick Museum in Malvern, home and studio of the famed American artist who crafted the entire contents of his home. ...

Cost: $60 WAC members/$75 non-members

Where:
Wharton Esherick Museum
1520 Horseshoe Trail
Malvern, PA  19355
View map »


Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Telephone: 610-688-3553
Contact Name: Kim Leone
Website »

More information

Making a Difference: Social and Political Activism in Clay brings together a wide range of artists working in clay who directly address current events through their projects. At this moment of...

Cost: 0

Where:
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: The Clay Studio
Telephone: 215-925-3453
Contact Name: Jennifer Zwilling
Website »

More information

Travel through the woods on a hayride to visit the house of Linvilla Orchards’ Friendly Witch! Children who visit the witch can listen to her stories, jokes, and enjoy a treat! There will be...

Cost: $9/per person

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Telephone: 610-876-7116
Website »

More information

Do you love Philadelphia’s Parks? GLOW in the Park is Fairmount Park Conservancy’s 7th annual event to showcase Philly’s amazing parks and build the next generation of park...

Cost: $75.00

Where:
Fairmount Park Horticulture Center
100 North Horticultural Drive
1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Suite 1670
Philadelphia, PA  19131
View map »


Sponsor: Constellation
Telephone: 215-988-9334
Contact Name: Leila Miller
Website »

More information

Poisons and Antidotes September 4th- October 28th Some energies shroud in the shadows while some shine strong and brightly, such are the forces that push and pull amongst us. From toxic foes...

Cost: Free

Where:
Black Moth Tattoo and Gallery
18 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA  19003
View map »


Sponsor: Black Moth Gallery
Telephone: 610-642-1500
Contact Name: Steve Martin
Website »

More information

In her new book The Field of Blood, Joanne B. Freeman recovers the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress. Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, she...

Cost: $20 General Admission, $15 Museum Members, $10 Students

Where:
Museum of the American Revolution
101 S. 3rd St.
101 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 121-525-36731
Website »

More information

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Tony-Award winning musical follows the journey of Eva Peron from an ambitious 16-year-old girl who longed for an acting career, fame, and fortune, to the...

Cost: $25 - $52

Where:
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center
226 North High St.
West Chester, PA  19380
View map »


Website »

More information

Cycle for a cause and join SWEAT Fitness to raise awareness for ALS. After your ride, enjoy a refreshing boozy beverage from Quaker City Shrubs and a special gift bag. 100% of every ticket sold...

Cost: $30

Where:
Sweat Fitness
700 East Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19147
View map »


Sponsor: Sweat Fitness
Telephone: (215) 627 5600
Contact Name: Sweat Fitness
Website »

More information

Get in the Halloween spirit with bone-chilling tales from beyond the grave on a candlelight Ghost Tour of Old City and Society Hill, where ghostly spirits, haunted houses, and eerie graveyards lurk...

Cost: $20 ($12 ages 4-12)

Where:
Signers' Garden
5th and Chestnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 215-413-1997
Website »

More information

October 18 & 19: 4 pm to 9 pm October 20: 3 pm to 9 pm Located on the grounds of the Chadds Ford Historical Society's Barn Visitors Center and presented by  Chadds Ford...

Cost: $15 Adults; $5 Children (7-17); Children under 7 are free

Where:
Chadds Ford Historical Society
1736 Creek Rd
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Sponsor: Chadds Ford Historical Society
Website »

More information

Experience the Glory of Fall The crisp fall air heralds the emergence of golden hues, native asters, and graceful meadow grasses in our Gardens. Take a nature walk through our Meadow...

Cost: $0-23

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »


Website »

More information

USLI will be hosting our fourth annual Baskets for Breast Cancer online auction from October 17-24! Our auction is an opportunity for everyone to unite and support a great cause, and all...

Cost: Pay as you go

Where:
Online
https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?auctionId=335703751
, PA
View map »


Sponsor: Breastcancer.org
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The leaves are beginning to change color which means that Pumpkinland is returning to Linvilla Orchards. Visit Linvilla anytime during October to experience all the energy and attractions that the...

Cost: varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Telephone: 610-876-7116

More information

This remarkable Main Line event is a 58 year-old tradition that brings together over 40 premier retailers from throughout the United States, attracting customers from Shipley's community and...

Cost: $10 Admission Fee

Where:
Yarnall Gym at Shipley School
839 Montgomery Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA  19010
View map »


Website »

More information

The National Constitution Center is proud to display a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence, a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution, and...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600

More information

Explore Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation, the National Constitution Center’s compelling new exhibit which highlights the competing ideas of Alexander Hamilton and his...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

More information

“There are only two styles of portrait painting,” Charles Dickens once remarked, “the serious and the smirk.” Drawn entirely from the collection of the Brandywine River...

Cost: $18/adults; $15/seniors (65+); $6/students with ID and children ages 6-18

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Telephone: 610-388-8336
Contact Name: Nicole Kindbeiter
Website »

More information

American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding explores the drafting of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, highlighting the key proposals and significant compromises that influenced the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

More information

Natural Wonders: the Sublime in Contemporary Art will showcase the work of thirteen American artists who engage nature in all its fierce magnificence.  Beyond just highlighting nature’s...

Cost: $18/adults; $15/seniors (65+); $6/students with ID and children ages 6-18

Where:
Brandwine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Telephone: 610-388-8336
Contact Name: Nicole Kindbeiter
Website »

More information

From Brooklyn’s Coney Island to the counterculture of 1960s South Street in Philadelphia, Eddie Funk fought to make a name for himself, protect the freedoms of tattoo artists, and share his...

Cost: Included with Admission

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

From food to furniture to fine art, Montgomery County has been the site of production of nearly every type of item you can imagine.  Our county has played host to countless artisans in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historical Society of Montgomery County
1654 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA  19401
View map »


Sponsor: Historical Society of Montgomery County
Telephone: 610-272-0297
Contact Name: Barry Rauhauser
Website »

More information

allTURNatives: Form + Spirit 2018 Aug 3 – Oct 20, 2018 Celebrating the Center’s 23rd year sponsoring the Windgate ITE International Residency and hosted by our partners, the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Center for Art in Wood
141 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 215-923-8000
Contact Name: Katie Sorenson
Website »

More information

The Philadelphia Water Color Society(PWCS) is hosting the 118th Anniversary International Exhibition of Works on Paper. The exhibition includes not only water colors but pastel, acrylic, graphite,...

Cost: free

Where:
Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Ave.
Wayne, PA  19087
View map »


Sponsor: Philadelphia Watercolor Society
Contact Name: Deena Ball
Website »

More information

From the 1600s to the present, dinnerware designs have been inspired by nature. Everything from painted butterflies and hand-modeled flowers to molded seashells can be found on a fascinating range...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 180-044-83883
Website »

More information

Working Conditions Featuring: cinematic savage | CYJO | Rebecca Goldschmidt | Shizu Homma | Cynthia X. Hua | Sarah Khan | Tiffany Lin | Lewanda Lim | Lisa Pradhan | Shellie Zhang September 4...

Cost: 0

Where:
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
View map »


Sponsor: Asian Arts Initiative
Telephone: 215-557-0455
Contact Name: Melissa
Website »

More information

Join us at the American Helicopter Museum on Friday October 19  for a day of hands-on learning designed for homeschoolers. Between 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM, the American Helicopter Museum...

Cost: $7.00 preregistration; $10.00 at the door.

Where:
American Helicopter Museum & Education Center
1220 American Boulevard
West Chester, PA  19380
View map »


Sponsor: American Helicopter Museum & Education Center
Telephone: 610.436-9600
Contact Name: Paul Kahan
Website »

More information

Opening October 5, 2018 * Society of Winterthur Fellows Gallery History can be defined as a series of events that are remembered and preserved through time. This exhibit explores the use of...

Cost: Free with admission and free for members

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

  Making a Difference: Social and Political Activism in Clay will bring together a wide range of artists working in clay who directly address current events through their projects. At...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

Making a Difference: Social and Political Activism in Clay brings together a wide range of artists working in clay who directly address current events through their projects. At this moment of...

Cost: 0

Where:
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: The Clay Studio
Telephone: 215-925-3453
Contact Name: Jennifer Zwilling
Website »

More information

The Perennial Gaze: Shahzia Sikander Artist Talk and Mosaic Unveiling Friday, October 19, 3 p.m. Community College of Philadelphia – Bonnell Building 556 N. 17th Street,...

Cost: 0

Where:
Community College of Philadelphia – Bonnell Buildi
556 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA  19130
View map »


Sponsor: Asian Arts Initiative
Telephone: 215-557-0455
Contact Name: Melissa
Website »

More information

Travel through the woods on a hayride to visit the house of Linvilla Orchards’ Friendly Witch! Children who visit the witch can listen to her stories, jokes, and enjoy a treat! There will be...

Cost: $9/per person

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Telephone: 610-876-7116
Website »

More information

On Friday, October 19, Reading Terminal Market will be hosting another one of their after-hour dinners. This dinner in the series will be led by local Philadelphia chef, Nick Macri. Chef Macri is...

Cost: $85.00

Where:
Reading Terminal Market
51 North 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
View map »

More information

Add some creepy crawly fun to your overnight! October 19, 20, 26, 27 from 5:30pm – 9:30am the following morning Bring your costumes, beat the lines and be first to trick-or-treat as you...

Cost: Required

Where:
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »


Telephone: 215-243-5275
Website »

More information

Center City’s ONLY miniature golf course, Philly Mini Golf is transformed into spooky fun for the Fall season with fog, lights, music, and surprises. Putt your way through 18 holes designed...

Cost: 0-9$

Where:
Franklin Square
6th & Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 610-527-7673
Contact Name: Cari Bender

More information

Poisons and Antidotes September 4th- October 28th Some energies shroud in the shadows while some shine strong and brightly, such are the forces that push and pull amongst us. From toxic foes...

Cost: Free

Where:
Black Moth Tattoo and Gallery
18 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA  19003
View map »


Sponsor: Black Moth Gallery
Telephone: 610-642-1500
Contact Name: Steve Martin
Website »

More information

Curated for the curious, Door 19 is quirky science meets themed soiree, set against a backdrop of live performances, music, potent libations, and dinosaurs. The theme for the final adults-only Door...

Cost: Check Website

Where:
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Ben Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA  19103
View map »

More information

TASTE! Festival of Food Wine and Spirits is your all inclusive passport to culinary adventures. TASTE! PHILADELPHIA Festival of Food, Wine & Spirits is a three day event created with your...

Cost: $35-$70

Where:
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks
100 Station Ave
Oaks, PA  19456
View map »


Sponsor: One Step Events, LLC
Telephone: 609.398.4450
Contact Name: Diane
Website »

More information

Join Independence Seaport Museum and The Rosenbach for a great white whale of a celebration!  Spanning a full 24 hours, Herman Melville’s masterpiece will be read in its entirety,...

Cost: $20

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

Laurel Hill Cemetery’s classic Halloween flashlight tours have become a mainstay of the season. Experience the enchanting art and landscape after dark, as an experienced tour guide leads you...

Cost: $25

Where:
Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19132
View map »


Telephone: 121-522-88200

More information

Laurel Hill Cemetery’s classic Halloween flashlight tours have become a mainstay of the season. Experience the enchanting art and landscape after dark, as an experienced tour guide leads you...

Cost: $25

Where:
Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19132
View map »


Telephone: 121-522-88200
Website »

More information

NDICHU bring the funk for Friday Night Live at Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, on October 19th.  While guests groove to the music, artists Sally Paynter and Jospeh...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Community Arts Center
414 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, PA  19086
View map »


Telephone: 610-604-9604
Contact Name: Andrea DiFabio
Website »

More information

One of the world’s best-known and meow-velous musicals performed in a new and exciting way! Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot....

Cost: $17-$25

Where:
SALT Performing Arts
1645 Art School Road
Chester Springs, PA  19425
View map »


Sponsor: SALT Perfoming Arts
Telephone: 610-513-5839
Contact Name: Judy Elliott
Website »

More information

A new twist on a former fan-favorite, this updated Pub Crawl offers an evening of magical fun including spirited food and drink specials, photo booths, performances by aerialists, fortune tellers...

Cost: $25

Where:
Chestnut Hill
Along Germantown Ave.
Chestnut Hill, PA  19147
View map »


Website »

More information

As Philadelphia’s only Haunted River Cruise, you will be spellbound and plunged into Delaware River legends of pirate ghosts, the Jersey Devil, and other “Phantoms of the River.”...

Cost: $34

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

Telemann’s two sets of “Paris” Quartets for flute, violin, viola da gamba, and continuo, became immediate successes upon publication and hands-down his most famous chamber music....

Cost: $25-39

Where:
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
8855 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA  19118
View map »


Sponsor: Tempesta di Mare
Telephone: 215-755-8776
Contact Name: Ulrike Shapiro
Website »

More information

     “Their songs are always on the edge of traditional and innovation . . .  their performances are electrifying”.  - Sarah MacArthur, Highlander...

Cost: $15 advance / $18 door

Where:
Jamey's House of Music
32 S. Lansdowne Avenue
Lansdowne, PA  19050
View map »


Sponsor: Jamey's House of Music
Telephone: 215.477.9985
Website »

More information

With a comedic career that spans across television, film, stand-up and late-night TV, George Lopez will entertain The Event Center audience with “The Wall World Tour” at SugarHouse...

Cost: $79-$99

Where:
SugarHouse Casino
1001 N. Delaware Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19125
View map »

More information

Join us alongside our neighbors in a bash to celebrate the best ping pong club in Philadelphia. Experience an unforgettable night and more courtesy of Ps&Qs, &Pizza, Theory, and WeWork....

Cost: FREE

Where:
SPiN Philadelphia
211 S 15th St
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »


Sponsor: SPiN
Telephone: (267) 463-4850
Website »

More information

Get in the Halloween spirit with bone-chilling tales from beyond the grave on a candlelight Ghost Tour of Old City and Society Hill, where ghostly spirits, haunted houses, and eerie graveyards lurk...

Cost: $20 ($12 ages 4-12)

Where:
Signers' Garden
5th and Chestnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 215-413-1997
Website »

More information

Fall has officially arrived and while the temperatures may finally be dropping the excitement will be at an all-time high as acclaimed artist Meghan Cary takes the stage at The...

Cost: $15

Where:
The Mermaid
7673 Germantown Ave
Chestnut Hill , PA
View map »

More information

Internet of Things (IoT) Foundation Certification Training Course   Place : Philadelphia, PA Date: Oct 19- Oct 27 Price Details Actual price: USD 1199 Earlybird price: USD 999...

Cost: Actual price: USD 1199 Earlybird price: USD 999 Earlybird Date: till: 9th Oct 20

Where:
Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA , PA  560010
View map »


Sponsor: GRASPSKILLS
Telephone: 814-700-6991
Contact Name: GRASPSKILLS
Website »

More information

October 18 & 19: 4 pm to 9 pm October 20: 3 pm to 9 pm Located on the grounds of the Chadds Ford Historical Society's Barn Visitors Center and presented by  Chadds Ford...

Cost: $15 Adults; $5 Children (7-17); Children under 7 are free

Where:
Chadds Ford Historical Society
1736 Creek Rd
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Sponsor: Chadds Ford Historical Society
Website »

More information

Experience the Glory of Fall The crisp fall air heralds the emergence of golden hues, native asters, and graceful meadow grasses in our Gardens. Take a nature walk through our Meadow...

Cost: $0-23

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »


Website »

More information

KWS Consignment Sale - October 19 and 20, 2018 What's Available? Toys, books, baby gear, and school-ready clothing from infant through teen, maternity wear, and women's clothing Mark...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kimberton Waldorf School
410 W Seven Stars Rd
Phoenixville, PA  19460
View map »


Sponsor: Kimberton Waldorf School
Telephone: 161-093-33635
Contact Name: KWS Consignment Sale Committee
Website »

More information

USLI will be hosting our fourth annual Baskets for Breast Cancer online auction from October 17-24! Our auction is an opportunity for everyone to unite and support a great cause, and all...

Cost: Pay as you go

Where:
Online
https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?auctionId=335703751
, PA
View map »


Sponsor: Breastcancer.org
Website »

More information

The Chestnut Hill Business District introduces a celebration of all things mystical and enchanted during the ALL NEW Witches & Wizards festival weekend. With two days of magical possibilities,...

Cost: Pay as you go

Where:
Chestnut Hill
Philadelphia, PA


Sponsor: The Chestnut Hill Business District
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The leaves are beginning to change color which means that Pumpkinland is returning to Linvilla Orchards. Visit Linvilla anytime during October to experience all the energy and attractions that the...

Cost: varies

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Telephone: 610-876-7116

More information

After a year hiatus, this boot camp is back and better than ever. We’re now the official boot camp of Bala Cynwyd and the Cynwyd Heritage Trail. We’re excited to bring the best outdoor...

Cost: $15 Walkon, contact for package pricing.

Where:
Cynwyd Trail (Barmouth Trailhead)
175 East Levering Mill Road
Bala Cynwyd, PA  19004
View map »


Sponsor: General Fitness Company
Telephone: (484) 231-8500
Contact Name: Jerry Washington
Website »

More information

On Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM, lace up your running shoes and join 21st Century Cyber Charter School (21CCCS) at Kerr Park in Downingtown, PA for our first-ever Cyber...

Cost: Early registration costs $20 until Friday, October 12th and $25 after October 12

Where:
Kerr Park and Struble Trail
Park Lane
Downingtown, PA  19335
View map »

More information

“We recognize childhood as a valid and authentic time unto itself and not just preparation for schooling.” Rosebud Garden represents a special part of the early childhood program at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kimberton Waldorf School Rosebud Garden
221 Hickory Grove Road
Phoenixville, PA  19460
View map »


Sponsor: Kimberton Waldorf School
Telephone: 161-093-33635108
Contact Name: Tammi Stein
Website »

More information

Children on the autism spectrum and their families are invited to experience Philadelphia’s dinosaur museum before it opens to the general public. Visit with the dinosaurs, meet live animals...

Cost: General Admission

Where:
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Ben Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA  19103
View map »

More information

5K trail run, one mile walk and kids dash to benefit the Newlin Grist Mill, a non-profit historical and environmental site in Glen Mills. Proceeds will go towards the maintenance and...

Cost: $30 run, $15 walk

Where:
Newlin Grist Mill
219 S. Cheyney Road
Glen Mills, PA  19342
View map »


Sponsor: Newlin Grist Mill
Telephone: 161-045-92359
Contact Name: Brenda Orso
Website »

More information

“There are only two styles of portrait painting,” Charles Dickens once remarked, “the serious and the smirk.” Drawn entirely from the collection of the Brandywine River...

Cost: $18/adults; $15/seniors (65+); $6/students with ID and children ages 6-18

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Telephone: 610-388-8336
Contact Name: Nicole Kindbeiter
Website »

More information

Explore Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation, the National Constitution Center’s compelling new exhibit which highlights the competing ideas of Alexander Hamilton and his...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: National Constitution Center
Telephone: 215-409-6600
Website »

More information

Natural Wonders: the Sublime in Contemporary Art will showcase the work of thirteen American artists who engage nature in all its fierce magnificence.  Beyond just highlighting nature’s...

Cost: $18/adults; $15/seniors (65+); $6/students with ID and children ages 6-18

Where:
Brandwine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Sponsor: Brandywine River Museum of Art
Telephone: 610-388-8336
Contact Name: Nicole Kindbeiter
Website »

More information

The Museum of the American Revolution will host a living history event that recreates the dark days of the fall of 1777. The British Army have captured and occupied Philadelphia, the capital of the...

Cost: Walking tour tickets sold separately or with Museum Admission. All tickets inclu

Where:
Museum of the American Revolution
101 S. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 215-253-6731
Website »

More information

From Brooklyn’s Coney Island to the counterculture of 1960s South Street in Philadelphia, Eddie Funk fought to make a name for himself, protect the freedoms of tattoo artists, and share his...

Cost: Included with Admission

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

Opening October 5, 2018 * Society of Winterthur Fellows Gallery History can be defined as a series of events that are remembered and preserved through time. This exhibit explores the use of...

Cost: Free with admission and free for members

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Boo at the Zoo NOW CELEBRATE THREE WEEKENDS! SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS OCTOBER 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. DAILY FREE to members and guests with Zoo admission....

Cost: $19.95-$24.95

Where:
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »


Telephone: 215-243-1100
Website »

More information

allTURNatives: Form + Spirit 2018 Aug 3 – Oct 20, 2018 Celebrating the Center’s 23rd year sponsoring the Windgate ITE International Residency and hosted by our partners, the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Center for Art in Wood
141 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 215-923-8000
Contact Name: Katie Sorenson
Website »

More information

From food to furniture to fine art, Montgomery County has been the site of production of nearly every type of item you can imagine.  Our county has played host to countless artisans in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historical Society of Montgomery County
1654 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA  19401
View map »


Sponsor: Historical Society of Montgomery County
Telephone: 610-272-0297
Contact Name: Barry Rauhauser
Website »

More information

Explore the evolution of robotics through hands-on activities using Ozobots and Scribble Bots, drone and Segway demonstrations, robot-related games — and an all-day robotics competition...

Cost: FREE with general museum admission.

Where:
The Franklin Institute
222 N 20th St
Philadelphia, PA  19103
View map »

More information

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill—these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 180-044-83883
Website »

More information

The Philadelphia Water Color Society(PWCS) is hosting the 118th Anniversary International Exhibition of Works on Paper. The exhibition includes not only water colors but pastel, acrylic, graphite,...

Cost: free

Where:
Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Ave.
Wayne, PA  19087
View map »


Sponsor: Philadelphia Watercolor Society
Contact Name: Deena Ball
Website »

More information

This remarkable Main Line event is a 58 year-old tradition that brings together over 40 premier retailers from throughout the United States, attracting customers from Shipley's community and...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Yarnall Gym at Shipley School
839 Montgomery Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA  19010
View map »


Website »

More information

Experience the mind-boggling behaviors and surprisingly intricate structures of bugs through 20 giant colorful animatronic insects. From a fluttering oversized monarch butterfly to a gigantic...

Cost: General Admission

Where:
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel Univ.
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia , PA  19103
View map »

More information

From the 1600s to the present, dinnerware designs have been inspired by nature. Everything from painted butterflies and hand-modeled flowers to molded seashells can be found on a fascinating range...

Cost: $5-20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
Website »

More information

Visit the Academy every weekend in October and trick-or-treat through the galleries. At the exhibits Outside In, Butterflies!, Xtreme Bugs and The Big Dig, visitors will receive a treat to...

Cost: General Admission

Where:
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Ben Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA  19103
View map »

More information

  Making a Difference: Social and Political Activism in Clay will bring together a wide range of artists working in clay who directly address current events through their projects. At...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

The Lab hosts hands-on, interactive experiences centered around water, with a focus on the Delaware River’s biology, ecology and chemistry, plus language arts, history and basic engineering....

Cost: Included with Admission

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

Nautical activities and adventures of distant shores for the whole family! From making pirate battle rattles to sailor valentines, children are sure to dive into fun. Seafarin’...

Cost: Included with Admission

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

Join us in the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza for an hour of interactive fun! Kids learn the basics of Jazz & Musical Theater.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »

More information

Making a Difference: Social and Political Activism in Clay brings together a wide range of artists working in clay who directly address current events through their projects. At this moment of...

Cost: 0

Where:
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: The Clay Studio
Telephone: 215-925-3453
Contact Name: Jennifer Zwilling
Website »

More information

Enjoy an exclusive opportunity to go into the kitchen of Scarpetta Philadelphia with Executive Chef Michael Loughlin for an intimate pasta-making demonstration and tasting. For $75 per...

Cost: $75 per/person

Where:
Scarpetta Philadelphia
210 W Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA  19103
View map »


Telephone: 121-555-84199354
Contact Name: Buddi Karpo
Website »

More information

Join us for a very special Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ demonstration as part of our FREE Kimmel Center tour! Once a month, our 1pm tour will start with a 15 minute organ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »

More information

We welcome you and hope you visit us at the Brinton 1704 House. Built in 1704, the House is a restored Quaker home located in Delaware County near West Chester, Pennsylvania. The town of West...

Cost: $5.00 per adult and $3.00 per child ages 4 to 12.

Where:
Brinton 1704 House
21 Oakland Road
West Chester, PA  19382
View map »


Sponsor: Brinton Association of America
Telephone: 610-399-0913
Contact Name: Paul Kahan
Website »

More information

Enjoy a relaxing, creative afternoon playing on the potter's wheel. Explore the basics of centering clay and throwing bowls and cylinders on the wheel.  More experienced participants will...

Cost: $40/$35 members

Where:
The Clay Studio
137-139 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: The Clay Studio
Telephone: 215-925-3453 x19
Contact Name: Shannon Jones
Website »

More information

Travel back in time to 1934 for a Bonnie & Clyde Adventure during a 45-minute ride on the rails through scenic Amish Country.  An A-list celebrity is planning to travel in style at the...

Cost: Adults (12+) $19 - $28, Child (2-11) $13. Infant (0-1) $4

Where:
Strasburg Rail Road
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA  17572
View map »


Sponsor: Strasburg Rail Road
Telephone: 186-672-59666
Website »

More information

Add some creepy crawly fun to your overnight! October 19, 20, 26, 27 from 5:30pm – 9:30am the following morning Bring your costumes, beat the lines and be first to trick-or-treat as you...

Cost: Required

Where:
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19104
View map »


Telephone: 215-243-5275
Website »

More information

Travel through the woods on a hayride to visit the house of Linvilla Orchards’ Friendly Witch! Children who visit the witch can listen to her stories, jokes, and enjoy a treat! There will be...

Cost: $9/per person

Where:
Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA  19063
View map »


Telephone: 610-876-7116
Website »

More information

Poisons and Antidotes September 4th- October 28th Some energies shroud in the shadows while some shine strong and brightly, such are the forces that push and pull amongst us. From toxic foes...

Cost: Free

Where:
Black Moth Tattoo and Gallery
18 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA  19003
View map »


Sponsor: Black Moth Gallery
Telephone: 610-642-1500
Contact Name: Steve Martin
Website »

More information

TASTE! Festival of Food Wine and Spirits is your all inclusive passport to culinary adventures. TASTE! PHILADELPHIA Festival of Food, Wine & Spirits is a three day event created with your...

Cost: $35-$70

Where:
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks
100 Station Ave
Oaks, PA  19456
View map »


Sponsor: One Step Events, LLC
Telephone: 609.398.4450
Contact Name: Diane
Website »

More information

Center City’s ONLY miniature golf course, Philly Mini Golf is transformed into spooky fun for the Fall season with fog, lights, music, and surprises. Putt your way through 18 holes designed...

Cost: 0-9$

Where:
Franklin Square
6th & Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 610-527-7673
Contact Name: Cari Bender

More information

We are excited and honored to announce that Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States (2009 - 2017), will be joining us at Rock the Ribbon on Saturday, October 20!  Through the...

Cost: $200

Where:
ONE North Broad
One North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
View map »


Sponsor: Breastcancer.org
Website »

More information

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 6:00pm - 9:30pm​ Saturday, October 20, 2018, 6:00pm - 9:30pm​ Saturday, October 27, 2018, 6:00pm - 9:30pm​ On sale for members starting July 16th; to the...

Cost: $10-13

Where:
Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation at Ridley Creek State Park
3900 North Sandy Flash Dr.
Newtown Square, PA
View map »


Website »

More information

Join Independence Seaport Museum and The Rosenbach for a great white whale of a celebration!  Spanning a full 24 hours, Herman Melville’s masterpiece will be read in its entirety,...

Cost: $20

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

Join us for PGMC’s annual Signature Fundraiser, formerly Fall Ball. Now in its 7th year, Cirque Masquerade will deliver all the glitz and glamour while amplifying the fun in this...

Cost: $175

Where:
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103
View map »


Sponsor: Geno's Steaks
Telephone: 732-644-4815
Contact Name: Wendy Lambour
Website »

More information

Laurel Hill Cemetery’s classic Halloween flashlight tours have become a mainstay of the season. Experience the enchanting art and landscape after dark, as an experienced tour guide leads you...

Cost: $25

Where:
Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19132
View map »


Telephone: 121-522-88200
Website »

More information

Laurel Hill Cemetery’s classic Halloween flashlight tours have become a mainstay of the season. Experience the enchanting art and landscape after dark, as an experienced tour guide leads you...

Cost: $25

Where:
Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19132
View map »


Telephone: 121-522-88200

More information

One of the world’s best-known and meow-velous musicals performed in a new and exciting way! Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot....

Cost: $17-$25

Where:
SALT Performing Arts
1645 Art School Road
Chester Springs, PA  19425
View map »


Sponsor: SALT Perfoming Arts
Telephone: 610-513-5839
Contact Name: Judy Elliott
Website »

More information

Telemann’s two sets of “Paris” Quartets for flute, violin, viola da gamba, and continuo, became immediate successes upon publication and hands-down his most famous chamber music....

Cost: $25-39

Where:
American Philosophical Society - Ben Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Sponsor: Tempesta di Mare
Telephone: 215-755-8776
Contact Name: Ulrike Shapiro
Website »

More information

As Philadelphia’s only Haunted River Cruise, you will be spellbound and plunged into Delaware River legends of pirate ghosts, the Jersey Devil, and other “Phantoms of the River.”...

Cost: $34

Where:
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »

More information

Haunted mansions and forgotten cemeteries, ghostly sightings and unexplained mysteries…Join us for a special ghost tour featuring entry into the Powel House, a Society Hill mansion haunted...

Cost: $22

Where:
Signers' Garden
5th and Chestnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 215-413-1997
Website »

More information

Get in the Halloween spirit with bone-chilling tales from beyond the grave on a candlelight Ghost Tour of Old City and Society Hill, where ghostly spirits, haunted houses, and eerie graveyards lurk...

Cost: $20 ($12 ages 4-12)

Where:
Signers' Garden
5th and Chestnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA  19106
View map »


Telephone: 215-413-1997
Website »

More information

Join us alongside our neighbors in a bash to celebrate the best ping pong club in Philadelphia. Experience an unforgettable night and more courtesy of Ps&Qs, &Pizza, Theory, and WeWork....

Cost: FREE

Where:
SPiN Philadelphia
211 S 15th St
Philadelphia, PA  19102
View map »


Sponsor: SPiN
Telephone: (267) 463-4850
Website »

More information

Internet of Things (IoT) Foundation Certification Training Course   Place : Philadelphia, PA Date: Oct 19- Oct 27 Price Details Actual price: USD 1199 Earlybird price: USD 999...

Cost: Actual price: USD 1199 Earlybird price: USD 999 Earlybird Date: till: 9th Oct 20

Where:
Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA , PA  560010
View map »


Sponsor: GRASPSKILLS
Telephone: 814-700-6991
Contact Name: GRASPSKILLS
Website »

More information

The Chestnut Hill Business District introduces a celebration of all things mystical and enchanted during the ALL NEW Witches & Wizards festival weekend. With two days of magical possibilities,...

Cost: Pay as you go

Where:
Chestnut Hill
Philadelphia, PA


Sponsor: The Chestnut Hill Business District
Website »

More information

KWS Consignment Sale - October 19 and 20, 2018 What's Available? Toys, books, baby gear, and school-ready clothing from infant through teen, maternity wear, and women's clothing Mark...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kimberton Waldorf School
410 W Seven Stars Rd
Phoenixville, PA  19460
View map »


Sponsor: Kimberton Waldorf School
Telephone: 161-093-33635
Contact Name: KWS Consignment Sale Committee
Website »

More information

USLI will be hosting our fourth annual Baskets for Breast Cancer online auction from October 17-24! Our auction is an opportunity for everyone to unite and support a great cause, and all...

Cost: Pay as you go

Where:
Online
https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?auctionId=335703751
, PA
View map »


Sponsor: Breastcancer.org
Website »

More information

Experience the Glory of Fall The crisp fall air heralds the emergence of golden hues, native asters, and graceful meadow grasses in our Gardens. Take a nature walk through our Meadow...

Cost: $0-23

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »


Website »

More information

October 18 & 19: 4 pm to 9 pm October 20: 3 pm to 9 pm Located on the grounds of the Chadds Ford Historical Society's Barn Visitors Center and presented by  Chadds Ford...

Cost: $15 Adults; $5 Children (7-17); Children under 7 are free

Where:
Chadds Ford Historical Society
1736 Creek Rd
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Sponsor: Chadds Ford Historical Society
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...